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Joe Lhota wins Republican nomination for mayor

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Republican Joe Lhota, the former head of the MTA, has won his party's nomination for mayor of New York City. He defeated John Catsimatidis and George McDonald.

Lhota, who also served as a deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, will face the winner of the Democratic contest on Nov. 5. Bill de Blasio was leading the Dems Tuesday night, but could face a runoff.

Lhota has 52 percent of the vote with 81 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Catsimatidis, a billionaire grocery store magnate, has 41 percent. George McDonald, head of the Doe Fund, a nonprofit to help the homeless, has 7 percent.

Lhota was a deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani and was praised for steering the MTA through Superstorm Sandy. He resigned to run for mayor and led the polls throughout the campaign.

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